St. Patrick’s Day

Bluegrass music has always included Irish reels, jigs and hornpipes (fiddle tunes) which can be played on St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate bluegrass music’s Irish heritage.

And there are quite a few Irish bluegrass (or “celtgrass”) bands like We Banjo 3, I Draw Slow and JigJam which can be featured on your St. Patrick’s Day show. And of course, pretty much anything by Tim O’Brien and Mark O’Connor will be perfect.

A few other ideas:

  • A Walk in the Irish Rain
    • California “Traveler” (Sugar Hill)
  • Big Island Hornpipe
    • Bryan Sutton “Bryan Sutton and Friends” (Sugar Hill)
  • Colleen Malone
    • Hot Rize “Take It Home” (Sugar Hill)
    • Larry Sparks “Special Delivery” (Rebel)
  • Crossing the Briney
    • Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder “Instrumentals” (Skaggs Family)
  • Danny Boy
    • Bill Monroe (Decca/MCA/Bear Family)
    • New Coon Creek Girls “Our Point of View” (Pinecastle)
    • Jim Hurst “Second Son” (Pinecastle)
    • Steve Kaufman “Stylin'” (Sleeping Bear)
    • Band of Ruhks “Band of Ruhks” (101 Ranch)
  • Down the Old Plank Road (albums, Volumes 1 and 2)
    • The Chieftains (Sony Music)
  • Dublin Blues
    • Druha Trava and Peter Rowan “New Freedom Bell” (Compass)
    • Newtown “Time Machine” (Mountain Home)
  • Durang’s Horpipe
    • Adam Steffey “One More for the Road” (Sugar Hill)
  • Emerald Isle
    • Bluegrass Etc. “Home is Where the Heart Is” (Tricopolis)
  • Fighting Irishman
    • Bull Harmon “Bull’s Eye” (Music Masters)
  • Four Leaf Clover
    • Alan Munde “Knee Deep in Bluegrass: The AcuTab Sessions” (Rebel)
    • Valerie Smith “Blame It on the Bluegrass” (Bell Buckle)
  • Green in the Blue Medley
    • Dan Crary “Guitar” (Sugar Hill)
  • Ireland
    • Bela Fleck “Inroads” (Rounder)
  • Irish Medley
    • Special Consensus “Our Little Town” (Pinecastle)
  • Irish Spring
    • The Country Gentlemen “With Ricky Skaggs on Fiddle” (Vanguard)
    • Patrick McAvenue “Rutland’s Reel” (no label)
  • Irish Tune Suite
    • Dan Crary “Jammed If I Do” (Sugar Hill)
  • Irish Sea Trilogy
    • Steve Spurgin “Distant Faces” (Sierra)
  • Last Night’s Fun
    • Bluegrass ’98 (Pinecastle)
  • Leaving Dear Old Ireland
    • Jim Watkins “Willie’s Redemption” (Barker Records)
  • Morgan Megan
    • Butch Baldassari “A Day in the Country” (Pinecastle)
  • My Wild Irish Rose
    • Larry Stephenson “On Fire” (Pinecastle)
  • Shelly in the Heather/Linda’s Reel
    • CherryHolmes “Cherryholmes” (Skaggs Family)
  • Talkin’ Cavan
    • Tim O’Brien “The Crossing” (Sugar Hill)
  • That’s an Irish Lullaby
    • Kristin Scott Benson “Straight Paths” (Pinecastle)
  • The Crossing (album of Irish themed music)
    • Tim O’Brien (Sugar Hill)
  • The Trip to Kilkerrin
    • Jerry Douglas “Glide” (MCA Masters Series)
  • The Women of Ireland/Ryestraw
    • Laurie Lewis “Love Chooses You” (Flying Fish)
  • Traditional Irish Medley
    • Bluegrass Etc.”Traveling Band” (Sierra)
  • We Irish
    • Dolly Parton “Live and Well” (Sugar Hill)
  • When the Mist Comes Again
    • Dale Ann Bradley “Catch Tomorrow” (Compass)